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    As the Olympic Games approach, the tension between athletes and non-sponsors with the United States Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee has ratcheted up once again. Aqib Talib Jersey .In recent weeks, the United States Olympic Committee sent letters to those who sponsor athletes but dont have any sponsorship designation with the USOC or International Olympic Committee, warning them about stealing intellectual property.Commercial entities may not post about the Trials or Games on their corporate social media accounts, reads the letter written by USOC chief marketing officer Lisa Baird. This restriction includes the use of USOCs trademarks in hashtags such as #Rio2016 or #TeamUSA.The USOC owns the trademarks to Olympic, Olympian and Go For The Gold, among many other words and phrases.The letter further stipulates that a company whose primary mission is not media-related cannot reference any Olympic results, cannot share or repost anything from the official Olympic account and cannot use any pictures taken at the Olympics.The whole thing is ridiculous, said Sally Bergesen, CEO of Oiselle, which the USOC contacted after Oiselle published pictures of athlete Kate Grace after she won the 800 meters at the trials earlier this month.Oiselle sanitized the photos by blurring images of Olympic property but decided to leave the blogs up.While the USOC argues that money from sponsors and licensees who pay for the rights allow them to support athletes to go to the Games, Bergesen says the stringent rules hurt the athletes because companies that cant support them during the Games cant afford to pay them because of lack of promotion.It costs $300,000 to send an Olympian to the Games, and for our athletes, the USOC has reimbursed them about 1 percent of that cost, Bergesen said. Is that supporting them?Baird says that athletes can support a non-sponsor during the Games and a non-sponsor can support an athlete -- they just cant mention anything about the Olympics specifically.We need to give sponsors exclusivity to our intellectual property that is protected by U.S. law, Baird said.This is the first Olympics in which the IOC has relaxed its long-standing Rule 40, in which non-sponsors and athletes cant mention their relationship for a monthlong period in and around the Games.As part of a new compromise, the IOC, in concert with the USOC, allowed companies that did not have an official relationship to run ads during the Games so long as those ads started running in March and ran continuously through the Games.Baird wouldnt say how many companies had their ads approved and decided to commit to the five-month window, but she said it was a significant number.Bergesen said that smaller companies dont have the luxury to do that, which means it doesnt benefit them nor their athletes.A company like Under Armour can do that because they know that Michael Phelps is going to be in the Games, Bergesen said. We dont know in January which one of our athletes is going to make the Games.New Balance isnt a USOC or IOC sponsor but had more than 70 of its athletes qualify for the Games.We find the IOCs Rule 40 extremely frustrating and challenging to work with as a brand which wants to celebrate the many amazing achievements of our hard-working global athletes, said New Balance spokesperson Amy Dow. It is also unfortunate that many athletes do not have the freedom or opportunity to support the brands that support them.Baird said that companies take the hardship out of context.Athletes can certainly generically say, Thank you for your support during the Games, Baird said. But a company that sells a sports drink certainly cant post something from the Games on their social media page or website. Theyre doing nothing but using the Olympics to sell their drink. Thats entirely different from what say, ESPN is doing, which is clearly defined as journalism. Joseph Noteboom Jersey .Y. -- Bills receiver Stevie Johnson has a bone to pick with the NFL schedule maker. John Kelly Rams Jersey . Belfort (24-10) needed just 77 seconds to down Henderson in the headlining bout of Saturdays "UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson" event at Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil. The fight served as a rematch of the pairs 2006 meeting, which Henderson won by decision. .Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has drawn on his Syracuse connections once again by hiring Rob Moore to take over as receivers coach. Chris Wood reckons that Europes vice captains will kick the life into anybody on the Ryder Cup team who isnt on top of his game before the first shot is hit on Friday.But the BMW Championship winner is not worried. He has been so excited about playing in the competition that he has been watching highlights of the dramatic 2012 Medinah edition in bed at night.Woods focus has been pretty impressive too. When he talked to ESPN, he had forgotten that the last time he played at Hazeltine -- at the 2009 PGA Championship -- he had a brush with the law on the way.It was probably the first time I traveled to the States on my own, he said. I had quite messy hair, backpack on and had just got off a 10-hour flight. The sheriff decided to pull me in and sit me in a room for two hours.You cant blame them [the police], because they are only trying to keep everybody safe, but for a 21-year-old lad, it was quite intimidating.Im sure it will be slightly quicker to get through this time and I wont be standing with 300 people, Wood added. I wont be in my flip-flops and with long hair. Hopefully, they can sneak us round the back and into a car.The European team arrived at Minneapolis airport early afternoon local time on Monday, and Wood was one of six Ryder Cup rookies among them.For some, having so many players lacking experience of the competitions unique atmosphere has been seen as a disadvantage; by contrast, the Team USA roster had just two competition rookies -- Brooks Koepka and captain Davis Love IIIs final wild-card pick Ryan Moore.The enthusiasm of players such as Wood, however, is hard to knock.Even if youre not feeling ready for the Ryder Cup, I think the whole experience will lift you, he said.Captain Darren Clarke and the vice captains -- particularly Ian Poulter -- I would have thought would kick the life into you if anybody waasnt quite on their game, but I dont think Ill be in that position. Sam Shields Rams Jersey. To say Im excited about it is an understatement, Wood continued. Weve all seen it, and Ive been watching the Medinah highlights on my iPad just before I go to sleep. For me, that is the one to watch: It was so amazing and inspirational. To know that Im going to be a part of that ...The whole team environment, I absolutely love, and to feel part of that for an entire week, as an individual sportsman, is unique. I cannot wait.The mental side of the contest at Hazeltine will be important, from the way players handle the crowd and media to the way they relate to their teammates and respond to their rivals.Wood has been using a performance coach for several years now and has a specific session planned to get him thinking as a team player, rather than the individual he has to be on the golf course the rest of the year.He has also talked to Clarke and vice captain Thomas Bjorn, and he has been eagerly anticipating spending more time with the European teams senior people.It will be like being a sponge for me, listening to everything, Wood said. Im really excited to hear what Poulter has to say in the team room. We all know what hes done in the Ryder Cup, and for a rookie, if you want to know how to handle it, perform and feel that passion, hes the man.Even if I just get two or three things, it will have been worth it, Wood added. Sitting and chatting to one or two players and vice captains is probably going to be more valuable than hitting balls on the range for an hour.Psychology is not for everyone, but the mental side has always been a strength of my game. If you do the basics well, you dont need an awful lot of coaching. Cheap Jerseys Online NFL Jerseys From China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys White NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Online NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Store Discount Jerseys Cheap Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Discount NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys China China NFL Jerseys White ' ' '